“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
– Romans 12:4,5
In ancient Christianity, the church was the place where people with disabilities and special needs were accepted. While the first century Roman Empire would make outcasts of such individuals, the Body of Christ welcomed them, and with good reason. God can use anyone who is willing and able, and there is no greater proof of this than my friend, Nick Vujicic.
A modern-day preacher and evangelist, Nick was born with no arms or hands and no legs or feet. The only thing he has is a small foot-like appendage that comes out of his hip, and he uses that for everything. Though he struggled when he was a kid and desperately wanted to look like everyone else, his battle with depression and being different ultimately led him to faith in Jesus Christ. After he was saved, he felt a sense of purpose for the first time, and he understood that he was not limited by his physical “flaws.” Today, he travels the world and tells others about the love of the Lord. Using what he does have — an amazing smile, a voice, and a heart to see people set free — he has led thousands to a relationship with Jesus. I asked him once if it bothers him that people are always talking about his lack limbs, and he said, “No, I feel like it opens doors. It allows them to listen to me.”
Friend, Nick Vujicic is living proof that your body has nothing to do with your impact on the world! In fact, like him, the very things you dislike about yourself may be what God uses to draw others to you, thus giving you an opportunity to tell them about your wonderful Savior. Jesus doesn’t make mistakes and no matter how different or imperfect you think you are, your flaws open doors to bless others. Meditate on that and I believe your perspective will change!
Help me to reframe my view of my body, Jesus, so that I see imperfections and flaws as opportunities to be a blessing.
How does Nick’s story inspire you? Does it change your perspective on your body? How?
Thank you SO MUCH! As an #actuallyautistic person, I feel that God creates a variety of human types.